gardening

The National Trust is launching a new ‘grow-along’

Join the National trust grow-along and grow your own loofahs!

The National Trust is launching a new ‘grow-along’ to help people grow their own loofahs, which can be used as a sustainable alternative to plastic washing up sponges.

In 2019, the team at Knightshayes in Devon grew their first crop of loofahs – the fruit of Luffa cylindrica , a vine in the cucumber family – and began using them to wash dishes as an alternative to disposable, plastic...

How to use your garden to boost your health and wellbeing

With lockdown across England at least the next few weeks, gardens can offer a little welcome relief from the view of the same four walls. Even when it’s a little chilly outside, the garden can be a welcome break from the house, and it can have a massive impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

But what are some of the ways that your garden can be best utilised to benefit your...

Growing your own fruit and vegetables

How to boost your veg patch through crop rotation

Do you know your brassicas from your legumes, or which veg can be grown side by side?

National Allotments Week (August 10-16, nsalg.org.uk) is the ideal time for beginner gardeners to get to grips with plant families and crop rotation, for the best chance of success with veg grown as annuals – the ones you will sow and harvest within one year.

There are four major groups of...

Family in the garden

Gardening gifts for Father’s Day

Want to give your gardening dad a gift to make this Father’s Day a special one? Then it's about time to think about upgrading his handy lawnmower for small gardens along with other essential gardening tools. Explore your options as we share our top picks with you.

Want to give your gardening dad a gift to make this Father’s Day a special one? Here’s our pick of the crop of gardening...

Plants for pots in garden

Ten of the best plants for pots

Patio plants come into their own in summer, adding wow factor to your outdoor space even on the smallest balcony or in the tiniest courtyard.

“Think of container gardening as the art of choreographing individuals into a joyous composition,” says broadcaster and multi award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw, best known for his regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World....

Gardening tips

Five ways to make your garden more sustainable

It’s not just in the garden where being green is important today. But there is a lot that we can do in our own outdoor spaces to help create a healthier environment and reduce our own carbon footprints! Now is a great time to consider your outdoor practices.

Here, the gardening experts at Toro have shared five ways you can do your little bit for the environment, from your own garden...

Alan Titchmarsh balancing life. Gardens.

Alan Titchmarsh at 70: 'I'm trying to balance my life'

He may be 70, but gardening expert, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh shows no signs of slowing down.

He’s recently been seen transforming forlorn plots into beautiful gardens in ITV’s Love Your Garden, is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and has just brought out his first book of poetry, Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles.

He and his wife Alison live in Hampshire and...

Woman with ponytail and grey vest practising yoga. Lifestyle. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ten lifestyle hobbies to take up during the lockdown to keep yourself busy

With coronavirus shutdown, millions of us are looking for ways to stay entertained at home.

But if your life in isolation so far is revolving around binging TV shows and drinking wine, it might be time to try a new approach. Getting immersed in a new hobby can be really good for mental health and reducing stress, and with most of us spending our days cooped up inside, it’s never been...

Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles by Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh: Keep getting out there and keep getting mucky

Self-confessed romantic and gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh has combined his horticultural passion with his love of words in Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles, his first book of poetry aimed at the green-fingered.

Written mainly in a barn next to his house, overlooking his garden in Hampshire, the book is not full of pretentious prose, but more his own gentle, meandering thoughts about...

The rise of gardening therapy and how to achieve mindfulness

Recent research conducted by Interflora and SANE, a leading mental health charity, found that nearly a quarter of Brits surveyed admit to feeling stressed more than once a day, and with the knowledge that plants are known to have a calming effect on our minds and bodies, a new campaign has been launched to tap into the rise of new ways to become mindful.

Interflora has launched #...